NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the upsurge in coronavirus cases in mid-March, each Thursday Faith Lutheran in New Providence has been contributing about 800 sandwiches to the soup kitchen of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Newark. The sandwiches are made by members and friends of Faith. Included with each week’s delivery are snacks, fruit and homemade baked goods.

In response to a special request from St. John’s, Faith also donates children’s and adult diapers, socks and washcloths.

This initiative has been organized and managed by Sally Reier, ministry associate of Faith, and Rev. Jane McCready, pastor of Faith. The latter makes the delivery each Thursday morning.

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St. John’s Soup Kitchen has been providing food for over 40 years to those who have none in the Newark area. For 37 years, on two Saturdays a month, a group from Faith has donated, prepared, and served a comprehensive hot meal at St. John’s. Few people know what it is like to go without food but every day men, women and children, who have fallen on hard times, come to the kitchen to eat.  

Due to the economic problems caused by the coronavirus, the number of guests at St. John’s has increased greatly. Kitchens and pantries in the area have been forced to close because of the risk the virus represents. St. John’s has remained open and done everything possible to streamline its service and reduce the risk for its guests and volunteers. It is determined to continue its mission. Every day people tell the administrators at St. John’s how grateful they are, and they do not know what they would do if the kitchen no longer provided them food.

To learn more about making sandwiches for St. John’s, call Faith’s office at 908-464-5177 or email the office at  Faith is located at 524 South Street in New Providence.  The website is